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What kind of doctor would someone see if they are concerned about lung cancer from smoking?

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Ben Ferguson
Surgery
9 doctors agree

In brief: Teams of doctors.

A primary care doctor can help make the initial diagnosis based on clinical symptoms and refer to a specialist at that point.
A medical oncologist can also diagnose lung cancer based on imaging, and biomarker studies. A thoracic surgeon or surgical oncologist can diagnose lung cancer in doing a lung biopsy or lung resection depending on the type and size of the tumor(s).

In brief: Teams of doctors.

A primary care doctor can help make the initial diagnosis based on clinical symptoms and refer to a specialist at that point.
A medical oncologist can also diagnose lung cancer based on imaging, and biomarker studies. A thoracic surgeon or surgical oncologist can diagnose lung cancer in doing a lung biopsy or lung resection depending on the type and size of the tumor(s).
Ben Ferguson
Ben Ferguson
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: PCP

The best place to start is with your primary care physician, who would likely order a simple chest x-ray.
If a "spot" were seen, this could lead to a ct scan +/- ct guided needle biopsy. Depending on your symptoms, you may be referred to a lung specialist (pulmonologist) who may perform a bronchoscopy.

In brief: PCP

The best place to start is with your primary care physician, who would likely order a simple chest x-ray.
If a "spot" were seen, this could lead to a ct scan +/- ct guided needle biopsy. Depending on your symptoms, you may be referred to a lung specialist (pulmonologist) who may perform a bronchoscopy.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree

In brief: PCP

Start with your primary care physician (pcp) he or she may refer you to a pulmonologist.
There is new data that suggests the effectiveness of low dose ct screening in patients who are high risk for lung cancer.

In brief: PCP

Start with your primary care physician (pcp) he or she may refer you to a pulmonologist.
There is new data that suggests the effectiveness of low dose ct screening in patients who are high risk for lung cancer.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Lung cancer

You should always check with your primary care physician.
He/she will likely check an x-ray. If normal, then no further work up is done. If you have real concerns, then you could pay out of pocket for a ct scan of the chest. This will more definitively rule out lung masses. Insurances do not like paying for this test unless there is a definite reason for it. Coming soon will be screening ct scan.

In brief: Lung cancer

You should always check with your primary care physician.
He/she will likely check an x-ray. If normal, then no further work up is done. If you have real concerns, then you could pay out of pocket for a ct scan of the chest. This will more definitively rule out lung masses. Insurances do not like paying for this test unless there is a definite reason for it. Coming soon will be screening ct scan.
Dr. Craig Brown
Dr. Craig Brown
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